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UAE Shows Interest In Trade, Investment Co-operation

The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism this week received a high-level eight member delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), led by the Ambassador to New Zealand, Saleh Al-Suwaidi.
29 Apr 2017 19:13
UAE Shows  Interest In Trade,  Investment  Co-operation
From left: Fiji’s Ambassador to United Arab Emirates Kamlesh Prakash, Emirates Red Crescent representative Rahmat Obaid Mohammed, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Emirates Red Crescent representative Saeed Alkhemeiri. Photo: Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism

The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism this week received a high-level eight member delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), led by the Ambassador to New Zealand, Saleh Al-Suwaidi.

The delegation included the executive director, Salem Al-Nayedi from the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi.

The delegation was in Fiji to explore areas of trade, investment and development co-operation.

“This high level scoping mission, is a build-up to a possible visit by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan.

“The Crown Prince, during his meeting with his Excellency the President of Fiji last year had expressed interest in visiting and investing in Fiji,” said the Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, Faiyaz Koya.

The Minister further added that the UAE was especially interested in investing in commercial agriculture, tourism and renewable energy and also visiting some of Fiji’s niche markets for possibilities of future supply requests.

“In this regard, the delegation had visited a number of projects and sites, such as Fiji Yaqara Pastoral Corporation Limited, Serene Water, Aqua Pacific, Pure Fiji and Natural Waters of Fiji Limited,” said Mr Koya.

“This mission could facilitate investments from UAE in agriculture and tourism that will lead to an increase in exports to UAE and visitor arrivals.

“The UAE has its own hotel chain called the Four Seasons, for which the delegation surveyed possible sites in Fiji for future development.

“The key focus of the delegation, which included representatives from the Emirates Red Crescent, was also to support rehabilitation works for schools affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“They have visited over 30 schools in Viti Levu and are expected to travel to the outer islands next week.

“The delegation has already announced support of US$5 million (FJ10.43m) towards the Education Sector,” said Mr Koya.

Permanent Secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism Shaheen Ali said: “This will further improve the bilateral relations between the two countries by encouraging trade and investment in Fiji, creating employment opportunities and additionally improving the livelihoods of all Fijians.”

 

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